The day started early, with ‘meet the expert’ sessions at 8am. Jim Cleary and Frank Ferris led a session on social media and palliative care. Dr Cleary introduced participants to various social media channels. He impressed upon them the importance of using these channels to take control of their agenda and to engage with the world on the subject of hospice and palliative care.
The EAPC early researcher award was presented to Professor Meera Agar of Australia for her research into delirium at the end of life. Prof Agar gave a beautiful presentation entitled: ‘Delirium at the end of life: Developing the evidence base?’ in which she outlined the need for research in this area, and presented her team’s methodologies for investigating this issue.
Dr Rene Schaerer presented the Floriani lecture, reflecting on the past 25 years of the EAPC and asking: ’25 years revisited: Have we been faithful to our values and principles?’
Look out for a report on Dr Schaerer’s lecture on ehospice.
A highlight of the day’s proceedings and indeed the entire conference, was the launch of the ‘EAPC Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe 2013’. This comprehensive cartography of the state of palliative care in the 53 countries that make up the European region will surely be an invaluable tool to drive inform policy and practice and to improve palliative care provision in the region.
A number of parallel symposia supported the main plenary program, with topics such as:
- Leadership in palliative care: from good to great
- Psychology and communication and
- Ethics and end of life decisions.
The day ended for ehospice with a cocktail reception hosted by the Open Society Foundation, where conference delegates from Eastern Europe and the rest of the world were able to meet each other and discuss the great work being done in palliative care in their countries.